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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%


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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007)
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OverToad

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection. I must say I was blown away seeing Dunkelweizen on the box. I had to double take a look.

Beer is very dark and has a great smell. I poured the beer in my Sam Adams glass and nice head arrived. Taste is just fantastic. Spices and banana. I could drink these all night.

Why is the world is this not in full production???? Please tell me this isn't going to be like Old Fizzewig and made once a year. That means I have to buy a lot of other Sam Adams to get this.

SA hit a homerun with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:47:35 | More by OverToad
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a two finger puffy khaki head. Not the cloudy yeasty appearance expected from a weizen but as far as I'm concerned that is a good thing.

This is like liquid banana bread. Banana, caramel, nut, clove in the aroma.

In the taste more of a dry wheat flavor, but all of the elements from the aroma. Nice and crisp.

Light bodied and an easy drinker. Clean, malty/wheaty and crisp. One of the best dunkelweizens I've had. Some may not like it because there isn't a giant slug of yeast in the bottle. But me and my stomach are happy it isn't there.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 23:18:39 | More by mschofield
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most exciting new release from Sam Adams in at least a few years. Compared to their hefeweizen this is a benchmark accomplishment. I squeezed the two bottles from the fall Harvest sampler pack to find one of the most inviting looking dunkelweizens I've seen in awhile. Big amber brown clouded body with a billowing cream tarnished head that rises above the rim of my 1/2 liter Ayinger weissbier glass. Lacing is even and fine with intricate detail, beautiful looking brew. Aromatics come with a touch of raisin and tart sliced green apples, a bit of clove, banana, and bubblegum as well. Even some mango juicy characteristics arise with further sniffs. A touch of herbal hops in the nose with a nice roasted malt edge on the biscuit and wheat malt profile. Flavor is perfect none of that traditional Sam Adams house yeast this one is authentic German weissbier yeast, brings out all of those great phenols. Juicy sweetness with roasted malt edge brings to mind brown sugar sprinkled banana bread with sliced green apple tartness, and mango fructose complexity. Herbal hops for balance with big yeast characteristics finishing sharply wheaty with drying yeast components. Mouthfeel is perfect with effervescence in the carbonation and medium to lighter bodied. Nothing cloying or heavy on the palate, perfect version of the style. Drinkability is crazy, a beer they will be successful with if released in six packs on it's own. Every once and in awhile the Samuel Adams Brewmaster's Collection hits a homerun, I'm glad I was here to experience it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 14:52:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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HockeytownBrew

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A:Pours a bit of a darker, cloudy brown. Not too much lacing left behind.

S: Delightful scent of fruit (mostly banana) along with cloves. I like it so far.

T: Very nice taste. Hints of banana and cloves are present, with a bit more towards the cloves as the coolness wares off. Very malty.

M: Excellent smoothness to this brew. Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a great beer to enjoy. You'll for sure want another after enjoying your first. Two would be ideal, although more can't be hard to have.

Another fantastic beer from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:56:10 | More by HockeytownBrew
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing balance of flavors and drinkability in this dunkelweizen.

Pours medium brown with a reasonably thick and creamy light tan head. Gorgeous beer.

Nose is quite appetizing with a soft banana bread like aroma - banana with brown dessert spices.

On the palate the banana bread comes through again with the malty component making its voice heard, with a medium to light body, and a gentle sweetness towards the finish.

This is both incredibly drinkable and flavorful at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 20:00:36 | More by yemenmocha
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Star80

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy light bown color, with no yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The smell of the beer is impressive, smells like a fresh wheat beer, slightly spicey, but more phenolic, with hints of banana and vanilla. Also smells slightly bready, which is spot on for a dunkel. Taste is more clove, banana, and mouthfeel is crisp on the tonque with adequate carbonation. The notes on the bottle say that this is a traditional Bavarian yeast strain, and yet this beer taste mildly familiar. Which makes me wonder, where are you getting the yeast, Jim? Weih...something? ;-)

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 18:55:03 | More by Star80
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy amber with an inch if head.

S - Well I can smell orange peel and clove with a mild sense of wheat.

T - Interesting. The term seems to mean dark orange or fruit but you don't get any raisin or figs. Like a poster said you get over ripened fruit by my taste its more like a pear mixed with old orange without the mold. Really sweet but not cloying. Not off putting but an interesting brew.

M - Medium to light at best.

D - Man I don't know what they created but it seems to be a great brew filled with fruit, clove, and wheat flavorings. It is complex and original as mass produced. A very good brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 06:12:43 | More by DrDemento456
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of two samples types; multiple samples of each type :)
I enjoyed the two beer types at the the Brewery this weekend, it is for the Cast your Vote for the Brewmaster's Collection.
Very nice foggy brown appearance w/ slight amber hues. Burnt toast , biscuits and nutmeg on the nose. The taste is complex and you taste the dark malts up front; caramel, and malted wheat adds a nice cereal note. Some hints of fruits and banana shows up in the middle ; crisp finish ; medium bodied ; well done, enjoyed the many samples.

I voted for the Dunkelweizen...however it is a shame both beers can not be added to the collection.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 21:12:57 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an extremely dark color when only held up to light, it would reveal a dim ruby hue. Nice dead that subdues after a while leaving minimal lacing. Smell is of roastiness like a stout with some lactose ala cream stout along with that banana-ry aroma. Beautiful aroma. Flavor also has that banana ester flavor up front ala Aventinus but also comes with a roastiness. This beer is like a cream/milk stout mixed with a dunkelweizen. Unlike anything I have ever tasted before and absolutely marvelous. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation and very smooth. Extremely drinkable. Wonder what the abv% is?

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 03:07:18 | More by Doomcifer
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TheMadJack

California

4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pilsner glass (didn't have a Hef glass handy ...)

Pours a nice cloudy brown with minimal head and lacing. Excellent color, but remarkably clear for a weizen.

Smell is light and wheaty, with banana and apple scents up front and clove and nutmeg behind. Hint of lemon.

Rich and malty, with clove and banana complimenting. Finish lingers a bit more on the banana. Little change as the beer warms, but some of the aforementioned apple and clove in the nose become more pronounced, and help along the experience.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Velvety and effervescent, with a richness to the weight and excellent balance of smoothness and bite. The beer glides onto the tongue and sits firmly, with just enough carbonation to bring fizziness to both the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Easy to swallow.

The malt and fruitiness of this beer are superbly balanced, and the sensation of drinking it is a real treat. Simultaneously, it glides down and settles gently in the gut, making it easy to declare this an extremely drinkable brew. Both flavorful and easy to drink? Get me another!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:26:31 | More by TheMadJack
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

This was the first Dunkelweizen that I have ever had and now I am a huge fan.

I had this at the Sam Adams brewery open house.

I liked the smokieness to it but needed a bit more of it to really describe this brew. This needs to be added to the Brewmaster collection

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 16:43:15 | More by Duhast500
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WinthrHOPHEAD89

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish Tulip glass

A - Pours a four finger creamy/marshmallowy light tan head, that leaves some nice lacing. This beer is a copper color, slightly effervescent, and very hazy (unfiltered it seems)

S - Delicious!!! Lots of clove, bananas, and dark wheats. One of the best smelling 'weizens' i've ever smelled.

T - Very spicy clove flavor, with a bannana bubblegum finish. Cloves are tingly and right up front, and on the back end of the toungue you get this almost sugar free bubble gum sensation on the finish. Alcohol is pretty much non-existent. Very refreshing!!!

M - Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but not watery. Very soft creamy mouthfeel from the nice head this beer generates.

D - Drinkability of this beer is super high!!! Very sessionable too. Slight effervescence and light body makes this an easy beer to slug down. But very refreshing and flavorful!!

Final Thoughts: Two Thumbs UP!!!! Would reccomend and would by a 6 pack if i can find one. This beer was a part of the harvest collection mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:15:34 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a cloudy, hazy dark orange color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy, bright white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Smell is very strong of tropical fruit, banana, clove and nutmeg. I also get a faint wheat aroma as well.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell consisting of a very potent tropical fruit/banana flavor that is balanced out by the clove and nutmeg. This beer finishes with a wheat character and a bready dry finish.

M: Very fruity and sweet, has some slight carbonation and is well balanced. Very drinkable if you like the style.

O: This is my first time having this beer that I can remember anyways. I enjoyed it a lot and is a good summer time beer, not sure about releasing it for your fall collection, but not complaining. This is something I will be drinking often this fall, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:21:44 | More by SouljaSaia17
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RichieS2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a a Czech pilesner glass.

A - Poured a dark amber, copper-like color that made me think of an IPA, was cloudy with a creamy head.

S - Both wheat and malt were there to greet my nose at the first whiff.

T - Some excellent malt sweetness as to be expected from a dunkel, which then gave way to the trademark characteristics of wheat which were highlighted at the end by subtle use of hops.

M - Epitomy of Weiss beer, nice and light swashing around in the mouth easily and going down just as easy.

D - Very high

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 14:23:19 | More by RichieS2
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, malty, and fairly spicy aroma. Wheat and Bavarian yeast with hints of bananas, clove, bubblegum, apple, pear, citrus orange, and a little nutmeg. Bready toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Some earthy and spicy noble hops in the background. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma gives off, a nice sweet and complex flavor of wheat, malts, and spices. Wheat grains and yeast upfront with a taste of bananas, clove, apple, pear, bubblegum, nutmeg, and some orange. A nicely sweet taste of toasted malts with notes of dark bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a subtle kick of roast chocolate. Some spicy noble hops help balance things out in the back end. After a few sips a light aftertaste of smoke lingers. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good version of the Dunkelweizen style. Nice fruity esters and spicing. The smoke adds a interesting kick.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 05:42:49 | More by MattyG85
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 2-finger bubbly head. Really nice retention and some good lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. Looks good but where’s the haze?

S – Wheat and caramel malt with lots of banana esters and a good amount of clove phenols.

T – Starts sweet with caramel and wheat malts before spicy yeast comes in with lots of banana and clove notes and a little bit of bubblegum. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and spicy finish. Yeast peppery and clove spice lingers nicely.

O – This is actually a really terrific beer and a great example of the style. If it had a little more haze and a little more body, this would be at least a 4.5 all around. I am very impressed by Sam Adams on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:57:16 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's as part of the new Samuel Adams Harvest mix-pack. Pours a hazy to murky copper brown body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells nutty and banana notes and hints of spice and lemon-zest and pith. Toasty nuttiness hits first in the flavor, with hints of caramel and toffee, and suggestions of banana and spice. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty darn drinkable. Not at all a bad example of the style - a welcome addition to the Samuel Adams fall line-up!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:57:18 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, cloves, and spices. Taste is good, banana, cloves, fruits, lots of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a very good beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 16:23:49 | More by tone77
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knightof1kbeers

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer was discovered as a nice surprise in a mix pack. In the glass it presented as a nice milky unfiltered beer. the initial smell gave great citrus and malty notes that complemented each other rather then competed. Over all a nice darkish beer with a great mouth good flavor and decent drinkability. Good unfiltered beer but still no hefey.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:11:21 | More by knightof1kbeers
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tvljr

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No longer retired as it can be found in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12 Pack.

Poured into pint glass it has many of the characteristics of a German Hefe with a little less cloud. Pour resulted in a two finger head that settled to about a quarter inch and stayed throughout the drinking time.

Great roasted fragrance that really makes you look forward to that first sip.

Taste is smoky and excellent. Better than most American Hefeweizens and well worth the effort. Stands on its own and will hopefully move out of the mixed 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 22:51:31 | More by tvljr
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I grabbed one of the lingering Harvest Collection 12-packs at the local grocer, this was the one I most looked forward to trying. While I love Sam's Octoberfest, I am usually quickly sold on any Dunkels, so I admit my proclivities ahead of time. Yet this does not disappoint, a fine representative of the style and one I wish Sam Adams would market in sixers.

Solid, durable off-white head rests atop a rich, cloudy caramel brown body. Good duration and lacing, and we're off to a fine start. Sweet nose, rife with banana and toffee, and the malt is amply represented. Good taste, on the sweet end which is fine. Banana carries the day, with toffee and dark chocolate in tow. Well done, but it could be a bit bolder.

Sam's Dunkel comes together in the mouthfeel, a typically strong suit for Sam Adams in my humble opinion. This is perhaps the best aspect of the beer, for here is where it nails the style with a nearly ideal blend of the pillowy wheat texture combined with the good malt flavor and tongue coating--terrific balance. Superb.

This is one beer Sam Adams ought to plug in six-packs. One of their best new beers in some time, I gladly boasted about it to a cashier the next time I grabbed a 12 at the store. Very good, and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 17:08:01 | More by Gehrig
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david131

California

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy redish orange liquid with numerous stream of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head is thin and splotchy.

S- Apple juice, Bartlet pears, bread, bubble gum, and some brown sugar. Surprisingly complex and appealing.

T- Sweet fruit, bread, bubble gum, and brown sugar. Doesn't have a strong Sam Adamsy quality to it.

M- A nice smooth body with a creamy carbonated aspect. The flavors do have a lasting effect, but it is rather nice.

D- Drinks very nicely. Complex without being too rich. A very nice take on the style from the Boston Beer Co. I am pleasantly surprised to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:54:42 | More by david131
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to February 2013.

Pours a nice coppery brown with thick long lasting beige head. Spotty lacing of the glass.
Taste is eclectic hints of honey,clove, fruit cake perhaps. Not overbearing though. Not at all bitter, very crisp. I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:01:23 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mildly cloudy, deep copper-orange body. Solid finger of tight-laced, khaki-cream head. Decent lacing. Familiar weizen aromas of banana, banana bread, clove, and a little bubblegum. Faint note of vegetal hops too.

Smooth, bready wheat malt up front. Toasted edges around banana, tropical fruit, and clove mid-palate. Banana bread richness (and some sweetness) near the finish. Very light noble hop notes with lingering clove, sweetbread, and yeast. Pretty taste all around. Medium to full body with nice, even carbonation to give it a creamy feel. Better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:39:55 | More by alexgash
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Strong banana aromas as well as toasted malts and bread. A nice bit of toffee as well as some subtle clove aromas. There is a bit of wheat character to it as well as some yeast.

T: Less banana than on the nose, but still enough to taste it. Quite a bit more reliant on the toasted malt and bread flavors. A nice bit of toffee and caramel with only a mild clove flavor. Maybe even a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A lot of the seasonal Sam Adams beers aren't very good, but this was quite the opposite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 19:31:25 | More by womencantsail
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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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